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cured turkey


Joined Oct 12, 2013
My wife loves my smoked turkey. But it is just the two of us most of the time and that is a lot to eat. So my questions are. Can I cure a turkey ( plan on using pops brine cure ). If I do, what will it change?? ( I brine my turkey anyway with out the cureing salt. ) Also, how long with the shelf life be on the turkey before I need to freeze it ???? What I am looking for is a longer shelf life with very little change to my finished bird. I have learned so much from SMF, it is great to have a place to ask questions. THANKS.


Master of the Pit
Joined Jun 23, 2011
There will definitely be a change in the flavor, with the nitrite it'll take on a cured flavor much the same as ham and the like.
By shelf life I assume you mean how long you can keep it in the refrigerator after it's smoked and fully cooked before you need to freeze it.
I wouldn't hold it for more than 2-3 days in a 35 degree fridge before freezing.



Joined Oct 12, 2013
Thanks for the link and info guys. EXACTLY what I was looking for !!!Thumbs Up


Smoke Blower
Joined Jul 12, 2012
i tried the pops curing brine on my christmas turkey and it was very nice just a shame the weather was too bad to smoke it i had to use the oven

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